The military draft ended over 40 years ago, but the Selective Service System motors on;
The agency that manages the dormant US military draft has apologised after sending conscription registration notices to men born in the late 1800s.
The Selective Service System (SSS) said the error occurred after a clerk neglected to select the century in a search for newly eligible young men.
It sent 14,250 notices to Pennsylvania men born 1893-97 in addition to 1993-97 before discovering the error.It has been said that the closest thing to eternal life is a government program.
Male US citizens must register for the draft shortly after their 18th birthdays and all male immigrants between ages 18-25 must register.
But the draft has not been in effect since the Vietnam War, and the US military is now an entirely volunteer force.And in the age of the internet search engine do we really need SS registration?